AGS News

Gem Legacy Announces Silicosis Prevention Initiative

Gem Legacy Announces Silicosis Prevention Initiative Project will provide masks and filters to fight the onset of silicosis among tanzanite miners [ROYAL OAK, Mich., April 5, 2022] – Gem Legacy, a 501c3 nonprofit supporting vocational training, entrepreneurship, and community development in East African artisanal gem mining communities, is launching a new fundraising initiative to prevent silicosis in the tanzanite mining areas of Merelani, Tanzania. Gem Legacy has committed to buying masks and filters, at a cost of $30 per set-up, for 5,000 miners. Silicosis is a disease caused by inhaling crystalline silica dust, resulting in irreversible damage to the lungs

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AGS Announces Education Portfolio for 2021

Introducing Confluence, plus New Conclave Dates and Location  Las Vegas, NV (January 14, 2021) – The American Gem Society (AGS) is very excited to announce its 2021 portfolio of education events, which will include virtual and in-person learning opportunities.  Confluence, a new engaging virtual event, will take place on April 26. Confluence will offer industry professionals targeted learning based on their role within the industry. Whether it is content designed to drive sales or refine and rethink business planning and strategy, Confluence will provide high-impact content in a timeframe realistic for your busy life.  AGS is pleased to announce that the 2021 Conclave has

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AGS Conclave 2021 Postponed

After much consideration, the American Gem Society (AGS) recently announced the postponement of Conclave 2021 until the fall. We are working on selecting a new date and location, and will update you as soon as possible. By postponing the event, we can provide a better experience for attendees. As always, the health and safety of our members is the priority and we will continue to monitor the coming months to make the best possible decision for the AGS community. “This was a very difficult, but necessary decision for us to make,” said Alexis Padis, CGA, Chair of the AGS Conclave

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Connecting as a Community in 2020

This past year has been like no other. Through it all, our community has been a source of strength and inspiration, and we’ve grown stronger together. Although we haven’t seen much of each other in person lately, we wanted to capture the moments when we did connect. We’ve created a video to show that no matter what happened in 2020, we always found a way to come together. From all of us at the American Gem Society headquarters, we wish you and yours a holiday filled with love, health, and peace.   https://vimeo.com/486149867

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Find a Jeweler Gets a Renovation and Find a Supplier Get a New Name

Las Vegas, NV (September 14, 2020) The American Gem Society (AGS) has relaunched its Find a Jeweler (FAJ) search tool, which helps jewelry shoppers find AGS jewelers in their area. The revamped tool allows consumers to connect more quickly and directly with AGS jewelers, as well as provides additional insight into the jewelers’ expertise, skills, and their AGS credentials. Highlights of the American Gem Society’s Find a Jeweler search include: Improved search interface: Find a Jewelry Store, Find an Appraiser, and Find a Professional Jeweler are all in one place now—which makes it faster and easier for consumers to find the AGS

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American Gem Society Accepting RFPs for Breakout Speakers at Conclave 2021

The American Gem Society (AGS) is now accepting Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to present at the annual Conclave in Louisville, KY, April 26–28, 2021. The AGS is looking for presenters on a variety of topics: Appraising Business management Ethics Gemology In-store events Retail innovation Diversity Marketing and sales Security Sourcing Succession planning Sustainability Technology Human resources Conclave will feature panel discussions, insider insights, and sessions for varying educational levels (i.e., beginner, intermediate, advanced), and hands-on classes. AGS is seeking to incorporate timely topics on issues relevant to the jewelry industry, such as crisis management, AML, diversity training, laboratory-grown diamonds, retail

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American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories Welcomes New Director of Technology

American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories are excited to announce that Justin Moore has joined the team as our new Director of Technology. Justin will direct the organizations’ technological vision by overseeing research and development, IT operations, infrastructure, and engineering. Justin joins the team with more than a decade of experience in information technology. Most recently, he spent over eight years at Anthem, Inc., where he architected and developed complex enterprise systems and led technology-based process improvement initiatives. Justin received his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles at the age of 17. Justin

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Supplier Spotlight: Classic Blue Picks From Omi Privé

Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year, Classic Blue, has inspired AGS Supplier Firm, Omi Privé, to share some of their most stunning pieces that represent this tranquil blue hue. Classic Blue is described as “instilling calm, confidence, and connection.” Click the images below to view a few of Omi’s picks featuring blue sapphires. Platinum pendant featuring a 13.34 carat pear shape sapphire accented by 1.57 carat total weight of round sapphires and 0.55 carat total weight of round diamonds. Platinum 3-stone ring featuring a 2.25 carat round sapphire accented by 1.08 carat total weight of round sapphires and 0.70 carat

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AGS Announces Connect. Engage. Learn: a Virtual Conclave Experience

The American Gem Society (AGS) is pleased to announce its first-ever virtual conference, Connect. Engage. Learn: a Virtual Conclave Experience, April 27-28, 2020. The conference will be free to all AGS members. “I would very much like to thank our sponsors: Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group, Wells Fargo, and GIA. Their generosity has made this virtual experience possible for the AGS community,” said Katherine Bodoh, CEO of the American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories. “It is because of them that we are able to offer this experience to our members at no cost. I’m very grateful.” This year’s programming will feature up

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Conclave 2020 is Canceled Due to the Coronavirus

The American Gem Society (AGS) announced to its members that Conclave, slated for April 27-29 in Denver, Colorado, has been canceled. The decision was made in light of a National State of Emergency that was declared on Friday of last week and amidst growing concerns of the virus outbreak. As Conclave is core to the membership’s ongoing education, the Society is exploring options for a virtual mini-conference for later this year. Additionally, the Society will enhance its online learning center, the AGS PRO, to further increase the AGS community’s channels of professional development. The 2021 Conclave will be held in

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